450 competed in the 50 th Annual Bluewall Technology Paddy Flanagan Memorial Road Race from Waterford to Tramore last Saturday evening in breezy conditions.Prior ro the start a minutes silence was observed in memory of the late Larry Leacy St Joseph's AC who passed away earlier in the week,he was a regular for many years in the race and indeed in many other races around the Waterford Area.Leading practically from the start Jimmy Boland Clonmel was first home in 39 minutes 45 seconds ,Noel Murphy Waterford was second in 40.35 and Dermot Gorman Raheny was third in 40.41. First lady was Sally Forristal St Joseph's in 45.41, Angela Mc Cann Clonmel was second in 45.54 and Madeline Loughnane Thurles Crokes was third in 47.41 it was race 3 of the Elvery's/Asics Intersports Series. The following were the category winners.Ladies F35 Caitriona Muldowney (Ind),F40 Aisling Ferguson Waterford,F45 Breda Hennessy St Joseph's,F50 Anna Byrne Clonmel,F 55 Philipa Carney (Ind).Ladies team St Joseph's Men; Junior Craig O'Brien Ferrybank, M40 Mark Langford Waterford, M45 Johnny Byrne do, M50 Michael Mc Grath (Ind), M55 Ray Hahesy West Waterford ,M60 Thomas Byrne Waterford.The Flanagan Family Special prize went to Breda Hennessy St Joseph's. The organisers wish to thank the Sponsors and the Gardai,Stewards at many locations including Water Stations,and all Officials,Order of Malta, Tramore GAA, Catering Committee in Tramore, Management at Bishop's Palace for services rendered and the Flanagan Family for their presence as always..
An Americal Lady Emily Sisson with strong Waterford connections had a terrific run in the London Marathon last Sunday- her first ever Marathon- finishing 6th lady overall in 2 hrs 23 minutes 8 seconds the second fastest ever time by an American lady, Brigid Kosgei Kenya won in 2.18.19. Last August Emily married Shane Quinn the well known Waterford middle distance runner son of Olympian Brendan Quinn ,they had met at Providence College in Rhode Island. In 2014 while home on holidays she won the Alan Everett Road Race in Woodstown promoted by Waterford AC.Mayo born Sinead Diver qualified for the Tokyo Olympics finishing one place behind Emily after a brilliant seventh-place finish,the 42-year-old who now competes for Australia where she resides since 2002 led the women's race at the halfway stage and went on to clock a personal best of 2:24.1
Leevale AC in Cork had two meetings last week end at Cork IT Track an all Senior Sports on Saturday and an all Juvenile one on Sunday. At the senior fixture Niamh Whelan Ferrybank was second in the 100 metres in 11.88 seconds and 4th in the 200 metres in 24.47 and Grace Furlong Waterford was third in the long jump with 5.55 metres.Niamh Whelan is off to Japan this week with the Irish 4 x 100 metres relay team who run in the World Relay Championships in Yokohama early on Sunday morning week. She is one of six athletes on the panel from which the starting team will be chosen. Another Ferrybank athlete is currently training in Malta Megan Kiely had a personal best in winning a 200 metres race in 25.24 ,she also won the 400 metres in 57.04. At the Leevale Juvenile Sports on Sunday Sarah Abullo Waterford AC was first in the u 13 long jump and 600 metres and second in the hurdles.Blackwater AC had following results U9 girls turbo javelin Emily Southgate 2nd,U9 boys turbo javelin Patrick Power 2nd,U12 girls turbo javelin Maya Rossa 2nd U13 hurdles Neave Rossa 3rd ,U9 relay girls 3rd
East Munster Schools
This Wednesday May 1st the East Munster Secondary Schools Girls Track and Field Championships are in Templemore at 12 noon and Waterford Schools will be very well represented in all grades,minor, junior,intermediate and senior and many girls from local schools are expected to figure in the medals and on Thursday the West Waterford Primary Schools Big Schools Sports are in St Augustine's College Grounds Abbeyside at 6.30 pm.
Tom Jordan 5 miles on Friday
On Friday next May 3 rd Race 2 of the Outfield Sports Series the O'Neill Pharmacy Tom Jordan Memorial 5miles road race is in Portlaw at 7.30 pm one of the most popular races on the circuit. Entries will be taken in Portlaw National School from 6 pm and presentation of prizes in The Forge, Carrick on Suir Road Runners are the organisers.
Mooncoin Rose Run on Sunday
The Annual Mooncoin GAA 10km ad 5 km Fun Runs takes place on Sunday next in Mooncoin starting at 12.30pm and entries in Sports Centre Mooncoin from 10.30 am,proceeds to Down Syndrome Ireland and lots of prizes in usual categories on offer.In Limerick on Sunday the Munster Marathon and Half Marathon Championships take place from Pery's Square the event gets under way at 9am with The Marathon and the Half is at 10.30 am.
Upcoming Track and Field Fixtures
Thursday May 9th East Munster Secondary Schools Boys Championships RSC 11.30 am,Thursday May 9th West Waterford Primary Schools Small Schools St Augustine's Abbeyside 6.30 pm.Saturday May 11 th Ton Le Ghaoithe returns to the lightening blue RSC on Sat May 11th 12 noon Events: 100,200,100h/110h, HJ, and shot putt athletes must be 16 years or over in year of competition contact 087 9955505. Sunday May 12th Waterford County Championships Day 1 10 am please note time. (Full programme with all clubs long ago and all should make their athletes of all ages fully aware of the events and train them accordingly especially for technical events.
Ferrybank GAA Race
The rescheduled 5th annual Angela Burns Memorial 10k Fun Run/Walk will now take place on Saturday May 25 th at 7pm.from Ferrybank GAA CentreFor those who had registered online for the original date, your entry will stand for the rescheduled date. However, if you wish to obtain a refund, you can e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Road Races Coming up
Friday May week 10 th An Tobar 5 miles Ardmore 7pm ( Elvery's/Asics Intersport Series), Friday May 17 th Splashworld10km Tramore 7pm, Friday 24 th May Touraneena 5 km 7.30 pm (Elvery's/Asics Intersport Series ) Saturday May 25 th Ferrybank GAA 10 km 7 pm.